Professor Marie Louise Sørensen
I always wanted to be an archaeologist, and I have hugely enjoyed working in this field. To me it is unique, and has provided me with a wonderful journey of discovery and engagement.
My specialisms are European prehistory, gender, and theory. I also work with contemporary heritage politics.
I'm currently involved in archaeological fieldwork on two projects: exploring early colonial expansion into the then uninhabited Cape Verde islands and the subsequent creation of a new creole Afro-European place, and investigating domestic life on a Bronze Age tell in Hungary.
My heritage work has especially focused on the links between heritage, politics, and identity, in particular around conflict, including destruction and reconstruction.
- BA, Aarhus University, Denmark.
- Cand. Phil. Aarhus University, Denmark.
- PhD, Cambridge.
Awards and prizes
- European Heritage prize, the annual prize from the European Association of Archaeologists for outstanding contribution to heritage.
- Rigmor og Carl Holst-Knudsens Videnskabspris, Aarhus University, Denmark.
- Felix Neuberg prize and lecture, Gothenburg University, Sweden.
I was born in Denmark and grew up near the Danish-German border, which may be the reason for my interest in heritage, politics, and identity. I obtained my first two degrees from Aarhus University, Denmark, and then came to Cambridge for my PhD. I have been employed at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology since 1987. I was elected a member of the Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab (The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters) in January 2019.
I have two children and my husband is also an archaeologist.
Politics, gardening, travelling.
Publications, links and resources
My recent publications include:
- Sørensen, M.L. and Viejo-Rose, D. eds, (2015) War and Cultural Heritage: Biographies of Place. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Sørensen, M.L. and Rebay-Salisbury, K. eds, (2012) Embodied Knowledge: Historical Perspectives on Technology and Belief. Oxford: Oxbow.
Further publications by Marie Louise Sørensen.